Title: The Rachael Ray Show
Host: Rachael Ray
Theme music: Rachael Ray, written by Ray's husband John Cusimano and performed by The Neville Brothers.
Format: One-hour, daytime talk show format
Broadcasts: Weekdays, check local listings.
Tapes: Weekday afternoons
Premiere Date: September 18, 2006
Originating From: EUE/Screen Gems' studios in New York City.
The Rachael Ray Show is the second spin-off of The Oprah Winfrey Show, following the successful run of The Dr. Phil Show. It was one of four talk shows that debuted in 2006 - including shows from Greg Behrendt and Megan Mullally - and the only one to survive.
Known for her successful Food Network shows, 30 Minute Meals and $40 A Day, Ray wasn't necessarily a shoo-in as a talk show host. Many wondered if she could make the transition from TV chef to engaging personality. But Ray was able to do it - and with gusto, pulling in such high ratings that her show was nearly immediately picked up through the 2010 season.
The overarching theme to the program - the thing that binds all the ingredients together - is finding simple solutions to everyday problems. Though Ray includes cooking segments in her daytime show, the program isn't dedicated to the art by any means. Like a hearty stew, the show welcomes celebrity guests, musical artists, and may theme a program or two during the week to talk about issues close to Ray's heart.
For her hard work (and that of her show's staff and production team), The Rachael Ray Show was awarded with the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show. As if to explain her hard work away, Ray says in her biography, "My life has been a total accident - a very happy, wonderful accident that I didn't and couldn't have planned." Recent Awards and Accolades:
- 2008 Emmy for Outstand Talk Show - Entertainment
- 2007 Syndication Personality of the Year - Television Week
- "Best Leaders of 2006" - Business Week